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Dr Anna Jamieson

  • Overview



    Anna Jamieson is an interdisciplinary art historian specialising in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

    She received her BA at Leeds University and her MA at Birkbeck, University of London, where she also completed her PhD (2020). Her doctoral thesis focused on representations of female insanity in England between 1770-1833, exploring the relationship between stereotype, stigma and lived experience. She has held research fellowships at the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University), the John Rylands Research Institute (University of Manchester) and the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research. She is co-director of Birkbeck's Centre for Museum Cultures, an associate editor at The Polyphony and on the steering committee for Birkbeck's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Mental Health

    Anna is currently working on a book exploring asylum tourism in England during the long nineteenth century. Her research interests include: women and patient agency; illness, fashion and consumerism; museum cultures, dark tourism and enfreakment; material culture and the history of emotions. 



    • PhD, Birkbeck, University of London, 2020
    • MA, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
    • BA, University of Leeds, 2011

    Honours and awards

    • Birkbeck Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Postdoctoral Researcher, Wellcome, November 2021
    • Research Fellow, Northern Network for the Medical Humanities Research , November 2021
    • Visiting Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, November 2021
    • Fellow, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, November 2018
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Art
    • History of Psychiatry
    • Visual and material cultures of mental illness and health
    • Museums
    • Women's History and Gender
    • Patient Agency
    • Dark Tourism and Freak Studies
    • Material Culture and the History of Emotions

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Museum Cultures Work Placement (ARVC054S7)
    • Museum Cultures - Approaches, Issues, Skills (ARVC059S7)
    • Art History: A Survey (ARVC205S4)
    • Material and Process in Art (ARVC207S4)
    • Research Portfolio (ARVC221S5)